5 Things That Might Happen If You Keep a Dream Journal
From overcoming fears to just getting better shut-eye
OK, you had a major dream about Ryan Gosling last night. (Didn’t we all?) He knocked on your door, said he had a really important question about your dog Buster and then…your stupid alarm clock went off. Next time that happens, take 30 seconds to jot down all the details you can remember in a dream journal (preferably kept within reach on your nightstand). Here, five things that might happen if you do.
YOUR DREAM RECALL WILL PROBABLY IMPROVE
Basically, this exercise is all about training your brain to pay attention over time. If you typically struggle to remember your dreams, take notes right when you wake up (even if all you write down is “no freakin’ clue”). That will tune your subconscious into the fact that your dreams are important and that it should prioritize the details--like what Ryan Gosling wanted to know about your dog.
YOUR DREAMS WILL BE MUCH MORE LUCID
It’s a self-awareness thing. The more notes you take, the better equipped your brain will be to recognize patterns in the dream world. (Um, Ryan mentioned your dog the last time he appeared. Is there something wrong with Buster?)
YOU’LL BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR UNDERLYING FEARS
By learning about recurring anxieties that surface while you snooze, you’ll have a better shot at spotting your triggers and addressing them in the light of day.
YOU’LL TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
Dreams channel very different areas of your brain. By jotting them down, you’re unlocking your mind’s innermost voices. FYI: inspiration is everywhere.
YOU’LL PROBABLY FALL ASLEEP FASTER
Studies have shown that writing things down can help your mind relax while you snooze. Taking a minute to review your dream journal before bed gives you a chance to acknowledge your dreams (good or bad)…and let them go.